It's been five years since the last fare increase for a ride on a public bus in San Mateo County. A public hearing on a proposed two-phase fare increase is set for 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 7, at the SamTrans headquarters at 1250 San Carlos Ave. in San Carlos.
The plan for 2016 would include raising the price of a one-way ticket by 25 cents (to $2.25) for adults and by 10 cents (to $1.10) for seniors and the disabled. Monthly passes would go up $1.60 (to $65.60) for adults, and $2 (to $27) for seniors and the disabled. The changes would go into effect on Sunday, Jan. 10.
On Jan. 20, 2019, the fares would go up again -- to $2.50 for an adult one-way ticket, and to $1.25 for seniors and the disabled. Monthly passes would be $72 for adults and $31.05 for seniors and the disabled.
A vote by the SamTrans board of directors on the proposed changes is set for Nov. 4.
The proposals would also expand options for younger riders by moving the youth age limit up to 18 from the current 17, by giving youths the same discounts given to seniors and the disabled, and by allowing two children rather than one to ride free with a fare-paying adult.
Go to this link for a complete look at the proposal.